We will be installing an 8 foot high x 12 foot wide x 8 foot deep rectangular wood-frame sculpture consisting of near life-size photographs of four mom-and-pop neighborhood stores of the Lower East Side, most of which are no longer in business and have sadly disappeared from the streetscape. Each of these four shops which you can see in the 1/10th scale miniature we created; a bodega, a coffee shop/luncheonette, a delicatessen, and a newsstand represent small businesses that were common in the Lower East Side and helped bring the community together through people’s daily interactions. When viewing the near life-size photographs one can get a visceral sense of the impact of these losses on the community and on those who once depended on the shops that are now gone. The installation is an artistic intervention and a plea for recognition of the unique and irreplaceable contribution made to New York by small, often family-owned businesses. These neighborhood stores help set the pulse, life, and texture of their communities.
We will be constructing our wood-frame sculpture inside Seward Park, with lumber and plywood and covering it with our near life-size storefront photographs printed on dibond, an aluminum composite material that is weather, UV, freeze and heat-resistant and will also have a graffiti-resistant laminate applied, as the installation will be up for an entire year from July 2018 through July 2019. Although we are very grateful that we received a public art grant from NYC Parks and Uniqlo for this project, the high costs of materials, fabrication and installation of both the wood frame sculpture and dibond storefront prints require us to seek your additional contribution. The goal we have set is the minimum amount we need to successfully cover the costs of the materials, fabrication and installation. PLEASE click link above to donate.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
This #pizza shop immediately caught our eye because of its #vintage Coca-Cola #privilegesign. This #signage was prevalent in the 1930s and 1940s when the Coca-Cola company would give store owners the sign for free in exchange for the agreement to sell Coca-Cola products. Sadly, many of these privilege signs have disappeared in the face of modernization and conformity.
Monday, May 21, 2018
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Live Bait, a restaurant and bar located across from Madison Square Park was founded in 1987. When we interviewed the co-owner Carolyn Benitez, she told us that they”took over the space from an old Irish pub. The wood bar and #neon signage that says “Bar Restaurant” was installed in 1941 and we decided to keep it because it was very recognizable”. Sadly Live Bait recently closed after 31 years in business and a taco and tequila bar has taken its place. Photo and full interview appear in our book “New York Nights”.
Saturday, May 19, 2018
We were lucky enough to speak with the owner, Mr. Christou when we dined there and he told us that this #fishandchip shop was founded in 1914. Their fish 🐟 is freshly caught daily and then cooked and served in their famous homemade batter. We had their amazing haddock which was fried in groundnut oil and side orders of chips.